I can understand some early-MS nostalgia, but that's how things are. I registered in 2005, posted for about a year, and then dropped out until Sandusky brought me back. So I'm kind of both -- a vet and a newcomer.
I miss some of the guys I used to talk to, but like Dark Empathy said, some guys move on. And while that might be to the detriment of MS, it is good that those guys are able to move on with their lives. So I try to keep that in mind.
As for what specifically we can do to foster a community in the MS forums... maybe we should talk about engaging more guys in the Introductions forum so we can start shaping the conversation there?
"There is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces... even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar." -- from Moby-Dick